Archive for the ‘training’ Category

China to Bolster Rural Training as Migrants Lose Jobs

January 3, 2009

China is putting greater emphasis on vocational education in rural areas this year to ensure migrant workers who have lost their jobs in cities have access to practical skills-training programs when they return home.

China aims to provide as many as 90 million continuing training courses for adults, many of them related to rural skills transfers and techniques, the education ministry said today in a statement on China’s central government Web site.

From Bloomberg

A cooling economy is forcing companies to cut jobs and as many as 20 million rural residents who had moved to cities to work may have return home this year, economists estimate. China’s manufacturing contracted for a fifth month in December as recessions in the U.S., Europe and Japan slowed demand for exports, the CLSA China Purchasing Managers’ Index said.

“There’s a need to actively promote vocational training, vigorously develop adult education and distance learning for urban and rural workers,” the statement said. There’s a need “to further strengthen and develop skill training for farmers.”

China will expand secondary vocational education and aims to recruit 8.4 million students this year, the statement said.

The government also wants to increase ideological and political education for university students, focusing on courses on Marxist theory, the ministry said.

Obama Creates Task Force for Working Families

December 21, 2008

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama unveiled a new task force on Sunday charged with helping struggling working families, as an aide said Obama’s economic recovery plan would be expanded to try to save 3 million jobs.

The White House Task Force on Working Families, to be headed by Vice President-elect Joe Biden, would aim to boost education and training and protect incomes and retirement security of middle-class and working families whose plight Obama had made a central issue of his campaign.

By Paul Eckert

Biden’s panel of top-level officials and labor, business, and activist representatives would help keep working families “front and center every day in our work,” Obama said in a statement released by his transition office.

Biden said the economy was in worse shape than he and Obama had thought it was.

“President-elect Obama and I know the economic health of working families has eroded, and we intend to turn that around,” Biden told ABC’s “This Week.”

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China, India Joint Anti-Terror Military Operations Begin

December 6, 2008

The two biggest economies of Southeast Asia – India and China, who fought a fierce battle in 1962, began the second leg of historic joint military exercises focussed primarily on counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in Karnataka’s Belgaum town Saturday.

Though it is the second military exercise between the two nations, India and China are holding it for the first time on Indian soil.

The first army exercise was held in the Chinese city of Kunming in December 2007 following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in May 2006 during a visit by the then defence minister (and current external affairs minister) Pranab Mukherjee to China.

The flag-raising ceremony is held during the opening of the China-India Joint Anti-Terrorism Training code-named "Hand-in-hand 2007" in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, Dec. 21, 2007.

The flag-raising ceremony held last year during the opening of the China-India Joint Anti-Terrorism Training code-named “Hand-in-hand 2007” in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, Dec. 21, 2007. (Xinhua Photo)

Nearly 130 Chinese troops, including 40 officers, from the first company of the infantry battalion of Chengdu Military Area Command and Indian Army troops from the Eight Maratha Light Infantry Battalion are holding eight-day-long joint exercises in three phases at the Belgaum military command.

On the first day, both sides held a weapon and equipment display, followed by a special martial arts display by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China. The Indian side displayed ‘malkhamb’ and ‘kalari payattu’ (Kerala’s traditional martial arts) to their counterparts.

Later, both sides jointly held a demonstration of counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.

Throughout the exercise, troopers from both the countries are expected to undergo joint tactical manoeuvres and drills, inter-operability training and joint command post procedures, culminating in a joint counter-terrorist operational exercise with simulated enemies.

‘The primary objective is to enhance mutual understanding and trust between the two countries and their armies. This exercise is very similar to what we had in December last year,’ said Major General V.K. Narula of the Indian Army.

‘In this exercise we will try to remove the communication barriers that largely occurred during the first leg of the military exercises between the two countries. We are thinking of using the universally accepted sign language to remove the problem of communication,’ he told reporters.

Narula clarified that the current exercise has nothing to do with war combat and no special weapons are being used by either side.

‘The exercise is for fighting terrorism and small weapons required in countering tactical insurgency are being used. We assure everyone that no secrets are being shared with the Chinese army,’ he said.

Huang Xue Ping, Chinese senior colonel (equivalent to the rank of brigadier in the Indian Army), who is leading the troops took questions on counter terrorism. However, both sides refrained from commenting on the Nov 26 Mumbai terror attacks that killed at least 172 people.

‘We see terrorism as a danger to countries around the world. That calls for joint efforts from all countries and also to make joint training of counter terrorism,’ Ping said.

‘We have always emphasised that counter-terrorism should not be targeted at any particular religion or any ethnic group. We should have convincing proof before we take action against them,’ he added.

Ping said China has so far performed military exercises with 10 nations.

From the Calcutta News

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China, Nepal Commence Military Maneuvers

December 6, 2008

Even as India and China began historic joint military exercises in India’s Karnataka state to battle insurgency and terrorism Saturday, Beijing also stepped up security maneuvers in Nepal.
Chinese Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Ma Xiaotian arrived in Kathmandu Saturday, heading a 10-member military delegation on a four- day visit during which he will hold talks with Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda for security cooperation.

Two days earlier, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi had wound up his visit to Nepal to boost ties with the new Maoist government and extract fresh promises of support to the ‘One China’ policy, which holds Tibet and Taiwan to be inalienable part of the Chinese republic, IANS reported.

The Chinese military delegation, the second in three weeks, will also meet Nepali Defence Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal and the chief of the Nepal Army, Gen. Rookmangud Katawal.

Badal had visited Beijing in September when China offered Nepal security assistance worth Nepali Rs. 100 million ($ 1.55 million), the details of which however were not made public.

Ma’s visit is expected to sign a security agreement in which the details of the assistance will be decided with the expectation of further security cooperation.

China is also interested in having a hand in the merger of the Maoist army with the Nepal Army, a task that has run into trouble after the Prachanda government, even after three months in power, failed to form a committee with representatives from the major parties to oversee the herculean task.

Last week, the British Army’s Chief of General Staff Sir Richard Dannatt had visited Nepal.

On Wednesday, Jiechi held talks with his Nepali counterpart Upendra Yadav and the two sides agreed on Chinese security assistance, which includes training and providing equipment.

Tibetan leaders from all over the world held a special meeting in India’s Dharamsala town last month and decided that they would press for the Middle Path – asking China for autonomy in a non-violent manner – up to a “reasonable period” and then look at other alternatives. Beijing now wants its border with Nepal to be well- guarded to prevent contact between the exiles and Tibetans living in China-controlled Tibet Autonomous Region.

Beijing is also pressuring Nepal to regulate its open border with India to stop the entry of Tibetans from Dharamshala into Nepal, where they helped keep up anti-China protests for months this summer.

Recently, China replaced its ambassador to Nepal for the continued protests that embarrassed it before, during and even after the Summer Olympic Games 2008.

From Islamic Republic News Agency, December 6, 2008

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